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Tips to help kids get to school safe this fall

Stores are starting to set up displays with backpacks, pencils, notebooks and other back to school essentials. With the return to school just around the corner, parents may be discussing how the kids will get to and from class. For some, a carpool may work best.

Carpools offer families the ability to cut down on the amount of time traveling too and from school by combining resources. Some families may take the morning route, picking up kids in the neighborhood and dropping them off at school, while others take the afternoon route, returning them home when the day is done. Whichever route you take, some basic tips can help reduce the risk of a car accident while transporting this precious cargo.

Stores are starting to set up displays with backpacks, pencils, notebooks and other back to school essentials. With the return to school just around the corner, parents may be discussing how the kids will get to and from class. For some, a carpool may work best.

Carpools offer families the ability to cut down on the amount of time traveling too and from school by combining resources. Some families may take the morning route, picking up kids in the neighborhood and dropping them off at school, while others take the afternoon route, returning them home when the day is done. Whichever route you take, some basic tips can help reduce the risk of a car accident while transporting this precious cargo.

One of the easiest ways to increase the safety of a vehicle is to simply pay attention. Put away smartphones and other distractions and focus on the road and traffic around you. Also pay attention to your car. Does it need maintenance? Are the brakes in working order? Do the tires have proper traction? See to any auto maintenance issues as needed.

It is also wise to carve out a bit of extra time. Avoid rushing the carpool commute. Try to get to school a bit early to allow for any traffic surprises that can develop en route.

Unfortunately, even when these precautions are taken accidents can happen. If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, compensation may be available. Contact a car accident attorney to discuss your legal options. 

Source: Scoop San Diego, "Carpools and school buses: tips for arriving to school safely and on time," July 28, 2014

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